As happened last year the 2008 season was dominated by rain and dark clouds coming in from the south west but in spite of the gloomy weather we had a very enjoyable summer with lots of good and challenging cricket.
For much of the season the Saturday 1st XI was challenging for honours in the Surrey Downs League but a poor finish meant that they ended in fifth place. Both Ruky Wickremasinghe and skipper, Richard Callcut passed the 1000 runs for the season but generally just not enough runs were scored to enable the bowlers, who performed heroically throughout the season, to secure enough victories. It was gratifying to see under 15, Matt Clarke, force his way into the first eleven and secure a regular place.
It was always known that the Saturday 2nd XI would have a tough season following their promotion last year into the second division, where all the other teams were first elevens with the exception of Headley Old Freemans. Skipper, Paul Bettesworth, who had an excellent season, was delighted that the team managed to maintain their status and ended up third from bottom. This was generally a young team with sometimes as many as nine players who had come up through the junior section.
We had an excellent 6 a-side tournament and a highlight of cricket week was a visit from Garware House Club from Mumbai in India.
During the summer term we re-established our link with Newdigate Junior School and established a new link with the Weald Junior School and provided cricket training for junior players at both schools.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, Bob’s Shop, KAM Trucking, BC Plumbing, EDF Energy, Redhill Analysts and Addstore who provided shirts and the fixture cards, Createur Limited for subsidising our caps and an anonomous donor who made a large contribution towards the training tops for our juniors and coaches.
Our website (www.newdigatecricketclub.co.uk) was established by Martin Clabby and kept up to date throughout the season with details of fixtures, reports and latest news. We also started an on-line shop through our website where top quality equipment, much branded with the club logo, can be purchased.
Last year the club achieved the ECB Clubmark Accreditaion and has recently been informed that they have been accepted as a Focus club, a status afforded to only a limited number of clubs throughout the UK. We have also achieved the Active Surrey bronze, silver and gold awards which together with Clubmark basically acknowledges that we are a well run club and provide a safe and enjoyable environment for players and guests both young and old.
The season ended on the 22nd November when over 120 members and guests enjoyed the annual presentation dinner and dance at the Wotton Hatch.